It's taken a while, but Sony's PlayStation Store has finally reopened following a lengthy shutdown period resulting from April's hack attack on the PlayStation Network itself. Considering that plenty of material was supposed to have been featured on the store over the past few weeks, today's reopening comes with a massive update that basically dumps everything waiting in the wings into the marketplace. The PlayStation Blog has the full list of what's available, but I'll put it like this: usually there are three to five new Rock Band 3 tracks released per week. Today there are seventy-six new tracks for sale. That's a lot of music. If you're willing to trust your reissued credit card to the PSN security layer, then there's plenty of material to download today and in the near future.
The PlayStation Store is back online and thank you everyone for your patience. You will notice a huge lineup of new downloadable games, demos, add-on content, themes, avatars and videos. Also, PlayStation Plus has been updated with new full game trials, free games and DLC, free avatars and even more discounts.
You may have noticed that the content promised as part of the Welcome Back offer is not yet live. It is currently in the final stages of testing and will be available to download soon; we’ll be sure to let you know when.
The next PlayStation Store and PlayStation Plus update will be this Friday, June 3, and then we will roll right into some special publishes starting next week for E3 (so be sure to check back daily!).
I'm curious about how many people will dive back into the marketplace as if nothing had happened. How much do PlayStation owners trust Sony to keep newly-issued financial data secure now? How many will switch to doing business with prepaid PSN cards? How many will swear off the store forever outside of downloading free content that does not require payment information? We may never know outside of anecdotal evidence, but that doesn't stop me from wondering.